Darren Sammy to be awarded Pakistan's highest civilian honor, Nishan-e-Haider, on 23 March
Earlier in 2007, St Kitts was awarded to Matthew Hayden of Australia and Herschelle Gibbs of The Africa.
Dainik BhaskarFeb 22, 2020, 05:46 PM IST Sports Desk. Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy will be granted honorary citizenship by the Pakistan government for the return of international cricket to the country. The government announced it on Saturday. Sammy is currently captaining team Peshawar Zalmi in the fifth season of the Pakistan Super League. He will also be awarded the country's highest civilian honor, Nishan-e-Haider, with honorary citizenship on 23 March. President of Pakistan Arif Alvi will give him this honor. He is the third international cricketer to receive honorary citizenship of a country. Earlier, Matthew Hayden of Australia and Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa were honored by the St. Kitts government after the 2007 World Cup.
Sammy has been a part of the league ever since the PSL started in Pakistan. He has played an important role in the return of international cricket in Pakistan. He was the only foreigner to agree to play the PSL final in Lahore in 2017. Most foreign players then refused to play there citing security. He captained the Peshawar Jalmi team in the final in Lahore and won the PSL title.
The owner of the Peshawar Jalmi team proposed standard citizenship
Javed Afridi, the owner of the Peshawar Jalmi team, said that we have requested the President to give him honorary citizenship of Pakistan, given Sammy's contribution to cricket in the country. Darren Sammy has led the West Indies to the Twenty20 World Cup title twice. They defeated Sri Lanka in 2012 for the first time and defeated England in 2016 for the second time.